US Destroyer Ignored Warnings Ahead Of Deadly Collision

The latest update on the mysterious circumstances surrounding a collision between a Philippines’ flagged container ship and a Navy destroyer that left seven sailors dead has arrived, courtesy of Reuters.

The news agency is reporting exclusively that the USS Fitzgerald ignore the much-larger cargo ship’s repeated warnings to get out of its path of travel.

  • Watchman

    The modern version of the “USS Montana”?

    • canminuteman

      OK, that was funny. Totally unrelated but it did remind me of this

      • Watchman

        I’ll see your English language difficulties video and raise you with this one: [NSFW: Language Warning!]

        • Arggg, Juvenal! For the record: my upvote only means that I watched it, not that I necessarily agree with it.

          “Difficile est saturam non scribere.”
          It is difficult not to write satire. (Juvenal)

  • barryjr

    As I said before, if your boat gets hit on the starboard side you better have a damn good reason because 99.5% of the time anybody on your starboard has the right of way. The captain of the Fitzgerald better have a new career in mind.

    • Watchman

      As well an every officer on the bridge of the USS Fitzgerald at that time. That’s what we used to call a ‘career expanding’ action, as you would be forced to choose a different career after that.

    • Minicapt

      Not if the freighter was overtaking. The second problem is that the freighter captain is claiming various measures taken on his bridge despite evidence that he was running on autopilot, and didn’t manage a response for 15-30 seconds after impact.
      Bring on the maritime court.


  • mauser 98

    perhaps there was a gay orgy on the poop deck..

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  • simus1

    Pending additional corroboration from AFP, the always with it DW, Iranian News Service, and The Telegraph, I remain unconvinced.

    • As do I. The media and the military both have reasons to obfuscate the facts.

  • mauser 98

    perhaps officers were arguing bathroom access rather than radar thingy stuff that goes beep